SHREWSBURY NORTH WEST RELIEF ROAD
CPRE Shropshire believes the proposed Shrewsbury North West Relief Road would be hugely expensive and highly damaging.
There are many examples throughout the country of relief roads and by-passes that have attempted to overcome perceived transport bottlenecks; however in virtually all cases relief has proved temporary and the original problem has returned as additional traffic has built up.
CPRE’s main objection to this particular proposal is the loss of open countryside and the potential damage to the area around the new route.
The main section of the NWRR is now on hold, for want of finance, but plans have been submitted by Shropshire Council for the eastern section, the Oxon link road.
In 2004 CPRE in conjunction with Shropshire Council carried out a Landscape Character Survey around the then perimeter of the town of Shrewsbury. The completed survey covered 66 separate parcels of land which were subdivided by the quality and character of their landscape. Only 14 of the 66 land parcels surveyed warranted a Category 1 classification. This was defined as: “Landscape which is outstandingly rich in character. It is generally undeveloped and unaffected by any surrounding development, which, if present, is well screened. In many cases (but not all) these areas are associated with the Severn Valley. Most of these areas include rights of way which are widely used for leisure activities. Development within or adjacent to these areas would be extremely detrimental to the Shropshire landscape as a whole, and to the setting and character of Shrewsbury in particular.”
No less than 8 of the 14 Category 1 areas lie in the northwest sector of the town.
The proposed Shrewsbury North West Relief Road would drive straight through this relatively undeveloped area. Once the road was completed, or even before completion, residential, commercial and industrial development alongside the road would bring noise and pollution and rapidly destroy the character of the area.
CPRE believes that the destruction of the countryside that the North West Relief Road would result in outweighs any benefits it might bring.
Updated 14th November 2018